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Reducing food waste: Good for restaurants, diners and the environment
(BPT) - Americans are more environmentally aware than ever, and the demand for sustainability has even made its way to our tables. If you’re among those seeking dining options that feature locally sourced and sustainably harvested ingredients, you’re part of a powerful movement. But are... More >>


What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking... More >>


Heat or spice: The complex flavors of chili peppers explained [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are thousands of varieties of chilies, and this diversity, combined with their level of ripeness and whether they are used fresh, dried or even smoked, produce varied and unusual flavors. Follow this infographic to learn all about the flavors of four varieties of dried chili peppers t... More >>


Flavors across America
(BPT) - America is home to a diversity of flavors - each region of the country is known for unique dishes and flavors that people from all over the world flock to, to get a taste. America’s passion for flavor is not only shown through the variety of flavors found across the country, but also ... More >>


Tips for determining pet food quality
(BPT) - Because pets are such beloved members of the family, it isn’t a surprise that pet parents want what is right for the health of their furry friends. In fact, nearly four out of five pet owners say they choose a pet food based on how nutritious or how healthy they think it will be for t... More >>


5 nutrition myths you won't believe are false
(BPT) - Sensationalized nutrition headlines are everywhere, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even in their own kitchens. Referred to as “sound-bite science,” much of the media reporting simplifies, sensationalizes and tailors headlines to get c... More >>


The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a per... More >>


Warming up to winter [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are many ways to stay warm this winter, and they don't all involve cozying up with a blanket. Check out these fun and delicious winter warm-ups that will have you feeling joyous and toasty all season long.... More >>


3 tips for the best game-day party in the neighborhood
(BPT) - The next “Game Day” is just around the corner, and you and your friends have been talking about purchasing those tickets for weeks. You’ve rescheduled just about everything to make sure you can watch the game uninterrupted. You could spend a lot of money and travel time to... More >>


Feed your creativity with Havarti
(BPT) - To add flavor and impact to a cheese plate, entree or even dessert, look no further than Havarti cheese. This semi-soft cheese with a buttery, creamy taste and mellow aroma delivers a delicious lift to foods.Havarti originated in Denmark in the 1800s and is named for Havartigaard, the dairy... More >>


Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butt... More >>


5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.“It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howar... More >>


3 hearty breakfast recipes for everyone in a hurry
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone has heard that saying, but unfortunately, breakfast is also often the most forgotten meal of the day. Instead of enjoying a hearty, nutritious breakfast, many people opt for simple alternatives on the go because they believe creating... More >>


The diverse and delicious flavors of America. [Infographic]
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What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same h... More >>


Easter baskets 'no-bunny' can resist [Infographic]
(BPT) - Easter is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and this year nearly half (47 percent) of people plan to create Easter baskets. The Easter Bunny knows it’s hard to make an “egg-ceptional” basket each and every year, but hunt no further! The Hershey Company has treat... More >>


Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are... More >>


4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of ... More >>


Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.“The Mediterranean diet has been, and continues to be, studied widely,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard,... More >>


Tips for cafe-quality coffee without leaving your kitchen
(BPT) - A great coffee maker can go a long way toward crafting the perfect cup of coffee at home. A high-quality machine is just one part of the equation.“Everyone has their ideal cup of coffee based on their preferences,” says Pete Licata, 2013 world barista champion. “No coffee ... More >>


5 simple parenting tips guaranteed to transform your picky eater
(BPT) - Few things cause more parental frustration than trying to get a picky eater to enjoy a well-rounded diet. Whether your child has been picky all his life, or, out of nowhere is now turning up his nose at healthy foods he previously adored, it’s easy to feel like your failing as a careg... More >>


The key to a gluten-free breakfast sandwich: potatoes
(BPT) - The breakfast sandwich has become a staple of on-the-go mornings. In fact, convenient and high-protein breakfast dishes are rising in popularity, according to a new study from Nielsen Perishables Group. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or low-fat diet, buns, biscuits, Englis... More >>


South Texas, the hidden gem of the Lone Star State
(BPT) - For unexpected adventures, vibrant culture and a sub-tropical climate year-round, look no further than the Rio Grande Valley region of the Lone Star State. South Texas’ warm temperature give travelers the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year and makes it the ide... More >>


A year-round guide to beer and wine pairing
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibi... More >>


Five small steps to green the big game
(BPT) - The big game is just around the corner, and it’s an exciting time to plan and attend parties, gather with friends and enjoy the most-watched television event of the year. But did you know that the average big game party with 30 guests can create up to 80 pounds of waste? While the pla... More >>


5 simple ways to disconnect and enjoy 15 minutes of 'me time'
(BPT) - Americans rarely take the time to unplug during the work day. In fact, we spend just short of half the day in front of some type of screen, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The health benefits of relaxing away from digital technology are well documented, but it still is... More >>


This February, it's all about Galentine's Day. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Forget Valentine’s Day. This February, it’s all about Galentine’s Day. According to an independent survey conducted by the Skinny Cow brand, 62 percent of women have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day - but 74 percent think there should be a separate holiday just f... More >>


Sriracha is this year's 'go-to' flavor
(BPT) - Favored flavors can come and go like fashion trends, but every now and then a taste comes along that’s so versatile and memorable, it earns a lasting place in culinary tradition. With its zest and spice, sriracha is poised to secure its status as a top flavor for 2015 and beyond.The s... More >>


Every day heart health in February and beyond
(BPT) - It’s February again, and that means it’s American Heart Month. With all of the health information out there, it can be hard to figure out how to work heart healthy choices into your daily routine. Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN says that by keeping a few simple tips in mind for foods... More >>


10 world-class potato creations your family will love
  (BPT) - The 2014 World Food Championships combined food, fame and fortune into one week-long event, featuring nearly 500 of the world’s best cooks and chefs battling it out for hundreds of thousands of dollars in Las Vegas. The World Recipe Championship category challenged the 37 ... More >>


5 ways boxing is revolutionizing the fan experience
(BPT) - Sports fans today crave exciting and engaging viewing experiences. They want the latest in technology, outstanding production quality and most importantly, they want to see the event on their terms. The rise of on-demand entertainment and accessible sports video content has driven the deman... More >>


Millions of Americans would give up Facebook for Christmas sweets [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holidays are full of decadent sweets and gourmet desserts, and Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. This infographic explores that love of sweets and what most people would part with (or protect) to ensure they get the sweets they crave this season. ... More >>


10 tips for a healthy start in 2015
  (BPT) - The new year brings so many possibilities and opportunities to grow, enhance and do things differently. But change can be a challenge as nothing worth achieving comes easy.Keep these tips from Tara Gidus, RD, nutrition and fitness expert and consultant for California Raisins, in... More >>


Give your game day fans delicious and healthy snacks to help them cheer their team on to victory
(BPT) - When hosting a big game day party, you plan the food, TV location, seating arrangements and decorations for your big game-watching party. In the same fashion, Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian of the New England Patriots, meticulously plans the diets of his team members to maximize each... More >>


Do your eggs come from happy hens? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to eggs and the hens that lay them, you hear a lot of terms bandied about: cage-free, farm fresh, organic and free range, to name a few. One term you likely haven’t heard is Hendependence. This means giving hens the freedom to enjoy the things that come naturally –... More >>


5 simple steps to scoring delicious, stress-free game day fare
(BPT) - On game days, sports fans love to gather around the TV with family and friends, while treating themselves to fun foods and snacks. But hosting a gathering can keep you cooking in the kitchen when you’d rather be in on the action. Here’s an easy guide for creating delicious foods... More >>


Learn why the future of fishing is actually farming
(BPT) - Go to the seafood counter or local restaurant and over 91 percent of the seafood is shipped from thousands of miles away. If you are looking for a source of safe, sustainable, high quality, local seafood, you’re probably having difficulty finding it.In the U.S., the aquaculture indust... More >>


The real reason we entertain
(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.In fa... More >>


Add a touch of Tuscany to your dinner table
(BPT) - A recipe that is ideal for any occasion, from weeknight meals to Sunday suppers to get-togethers with friends, can be hard to come by. Tuscan Brined Pork Chops with Salsa Verde is a near-perfect answer for all of these occasions.Created by food blogger Karen Tedesco of the popular blog Fami... More >>


Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple exper... More >>


Win big by losing calories on game day
  (BPT) - Everyone knows the Big Game is not only about football and commercials, it’s also about gathering around an impressive spread of food and drinks. Game day is second only to Thanksgiving for calorie intake for Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ... More >>


Healthy starts: The surprisingly simple way to make your own baby and toddler food
(BPT) - Want to give your family a jump-start on good nutrition? By introducing your children to a nourishing, whole-food diet at a very young age, you can teach them to prefer the taste of real foods over more processed ones. This lays the foundation for healthy eating habits later in life.Help yo... More >>


Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015
(BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and cu... More >>


How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
(BPT) - It’s ironic that a time traditionally associated with good cheer and merriment can turn into a virtual nervous breakdown for so many people. High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don’t feel this way they then feel even worse because they ... More >>



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